DAR-ES-SALAAM/DODOMA — Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today finished a three-day visit to Tanzania along with top officials of the three United Nations Rome-based food agencies to support accelerating the access of farmers to financial services.
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Queen Máxima joins the visit in her capacity as UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).
In 2012, WFP supported more than 1.5 million people in 33 countries through its HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) programmes.
According to the UNAIDS 2013 Report, 35.3 million people live with HIV worldwide, 25 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the clear success of anti-retroviral treatment, one third of those who begin treatment are no longer following it three years later. WFP’s food and nutrition assistance is an essential and cost-effective way to encourage people to start and stick to anti-retroviral treatment.
I travel a great deal as the Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Because of the nature of WFP’s life-saving work, it’s often to places that have been brutally devastated by natural catastrophes or torn apart by war. On my travels, I see a great deal of sadness, suffering and desperation.
Despite significant economic progress in the past decade, India is home to about 25 percent of the world's undernourished. Although the country grows enough food for its people, pockets of hunger remain. The National Food Security Act is a rights-based act designed to provide staple foods at highly subsidised prices for more than 800 million people across the country, thereby the largest food safety net in the world.